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The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

New Publications

Barnes I, Bergdahl A, Wingfield MJ, Walla JA. (2014) Four new host records and first report of Dothistroma needle blight caused by Dothistroma pini in North and South Dakota, and in Indiana in the USA. Plant Disease 98(10):1443. 10.1094/PDIS-06-14-0606-PDN
Barnes I, Wingfield MJ, Carbone I, Kirisits T, Wingfield BD. (2014) Population structure and diversity of an invasive pine needle pathogen reflects anthropogenic activity. Ecology and Evolution 10.1002/ece3.1200 PDF
Crous CJ. (2014) Judge research impact on a local scale. Nature 513(7516):7. 10.1038/513007a
Hurley BP, Garnas JR, Cooperband MF. (2014) Assessing trap and lure effectiveness for the monitoring of Sirex noctilio. Agricultural and Forest Entomology :1-10. 10.1111/afe.12081

FABI Events

2014-09-25 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Phathie Sibanda
Mesfin Gossa - The Deodar Weevil, Pissodes nemorensis (Germar) in South Africa: Identity and Diversity
Osmond Mlonyeni - In vitro culture characterization of phenotype variation linked to 'virulence' of Deladenus siricidicola
Collins Tanui - Phenotypic studies to elucidate transition from biotrophic to necrotrophic phase during disease development in Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliensis
Jan Nagel - Genomics of the Neofusicoccum parvum/Neofusicoccum ribis complex
2014-09-26 16h00 Special Seminar FABI seminar room File

Prof. Pedro Crous - Are cryptic species real?